Eugene ‘Gene’ E. Chambless McNeill


Eugene ‘Gene’ E. Chambless McNeill

Eugene “Gene” E. Chambless McNeill died Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at his home after a valiant fight against stage 4 cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

Gene was born on Nov. 16, 1939, in Chattanooga. She graduated from Central High School, class of 1958, and also with honors from the University of Chattanooga(UTC).

Gene was honorably discharged as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, where he served as an underwater diver and explosive ordnance officer. He served on the ammunition ship, USS Great Sitkin, during the Vietnam War. His duty was overseeing the transfer of ammunition of all types to aircraft carriers safely.

After his military service, he worked in journalism for many years. He has been a reporter for Chattanooga News Free Press, for United Press International (UPI), editor of Tidewater Review, West Point, Va., and police reporter for the Chattanooga Times.

He taught and retired from Central High School in the areas of journalism, social studies, English, and other subjects. Gene loved working with his hands making ship models and was very mechanical, loving to work on old sports cars. He also loved Siberian Huskies and especially his husky, Storm.

Gene belonged to the Mizpah Synagogue in Chattanooga.

Gene was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Walker McNeill; and his stepfather, Frank “Huck” McNeill

He is survived by his loving wife, Nora Ruth Robinson McNeill; his sister, Ether McNeill McEachern (Doug McEachern); sister-in-law, Mary Robinson Parker (Lloyd Parker); and numerous nieces and nephews. He also had neighbors, car friends, and close friends whom he loved.

Nora wishes to thank Dr. Robert Graham, Dr. Steven Scorey, and Dr. Robert Martyn for their loving care during his illnesses. Also, we would like to thank the PAN Foundation for its assistance.

In honor of Gene, contributions may be made to Boys & Girls Clubs of Ocoee Region at 385 3rd St. S.W., Cleveland, Tennessee 37311, where Gene worked part-time years ago teaching basic woodworking and crafts.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

There will be no formal visitation at the funeral home.

We invite you to send a message of comfort and view the family guestbook at
Companion Funeral and Cremation Service, Cleveland Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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